Alchemy of Demolition iii

I did a test run on one of the pieces of the building, applying some of the gilding methods I had learned from the crows piece. I wondered how the gold would work over bright gold spray paint, so compared the door piece painted with the bright gold with a piece of metal panelling which was gilded over the bright gold. 

As you can see, the gilded panel is more reflective and brighter than the spray painted one, even though this is the brightest, glossiest gold in a spray-can you can get. The sheet metal wall siding was primed with some red oxide undercoat, then sprayed with gold paint, then sized and gilded. I think it’s a much cleaner finish than we achieved with the gold leaf over the white background, but we couldn’t change halfway. However, it’s food for thought for the future. By the way, I bet a professional gilder would shudder at the idea of gilding over a sprayed gold finish!

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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